There are some excellent documentaries available. Here are a few, including “Seeing Allred” (about women’s rights attorney Gloria Allred), Equal Means Equal (unequal rights for women and girls in the U.S.), RBG (Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg), Trapped (about TRAP laws limiting or stopping access to abortion clinics), and more.
1. Seeing Allred, About Women’s Rights Attorney Gloria Allred.
“Seeing Allred” is a 2018 documentary about women’s rights attorney Gloria Allred. It shows what one woman can do. The film intertwines the stories of Ms. Allred’s life with her persistence in going after actor Bill Cosby with what ended up being 50 women willing to speak out about what he did to them.
This film may really change your perception about who Ms Allred is, but also about how telling stories can heal, and what one woman’s persistence can do.
Please indicate your preference on ERA t-shirt wording/graphics. We want to order some NOW ERA t-shirts asap. Also, still would love input on ERA billboard styles at https://wp.me/p22b2e-21O (vote on website for billboards).
T-shirts will be green with white writing. To blend with era-nc alliance’s
Option 1 – basic – Unformatted front, and ERA wording on the back
NC Women attended historic ERA hearing and press conference in Washington DC.
“For the first time in nearly four decades, the House Judiciary Committee will hold an official hearing on the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA). This exciting development exemplifies the growing momentum behind finally ratifying the ERA in the Constitution.” As National NOW wrote in “House Judiciary to Hold First ERA Hearing in 36 Years.“
Lori Bunton (arm raised), Marena Groll, Virginia Adamson Photo Credit: Bettina Hager, DC Director of the ERA Coalition and Fund for Women’s Equality
So many people don’t realize that men and women do not have equal rights under the law. We are planning at least one billboard, but would like to put up two or more. To make this happen we need your help! Please help fund the billboards! And pick your favorite billboard saying, or provide your own for us to consider.
There are so many great ideas! Here are a few rough examples pictured below poll. Choose your favorite. Or provide your own for us to consider.
UPDATE: The vote to override the Governor’s veto of the Born-Alive—Abortion Survivors Protection Act has been placed on the House Calendar for May 15. This date may or may not hold since several House votes have been scheduled only to be re-scheduled.
The House seems to be playing a game with SB359/HB602: Born-Alive—Abortion Survivors Protection Act. The Senate voted to override the Governor’s veto on 04/30/2019. The bill was placed on the House calendar for both 05/02/2019 and 05/03/2019—then withdrawn both times. The bill is presently on the House Calendar for 05/06/2019. A vote to override requires a two-thirds vote of members present and voting. It looks like the veto override vote is being placed on the House calendar only to be withdrawn over and over again to stymie concerned citizens who may want to be in the gallery for the vote and to allow for a head count to make certain that votes needed for an override are present in the chamber before holding a vote.
Women have been working to get equal rights in the United States for 170 years! Too many people don’t realize women don’t have equal rights. Why is ERA catching fire now? What will it do for women and families? How can you help? North Carolina women are pushing now and pushing hard! Learn more and join the effort!
Actresses Alyssa Milano and Patricia Arquetteare on board, and using their star power to bring more attention to the need for ERA. Milano said at a press conference in DC, “It’s 2019 and I still don’t have equal rights under the Constitution. Neither do any of you, the nearly 162 million women across the U.S. The absurdity is mind-boggling: because I have a vagina, my opportunities for equality and justice are limited.”
Patricia Arquette and Alyssa Milano in front. Ellie Smeal behind.
NC NOW Legislative Update #6, 11 Mar 19 includes the ERA bills filed on 3/5/19 while women and allies filled the Legislative Building with hours of activities. It also talks about Governor Cooper’s budget and what we may expect this session.
March 5 was an exciting day at the General Assembly. Bills for North Carolina to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) were introduced in both the House (HB271) and the Senate (SB184). The ERA-NC Alliance (North Carolina NOW is an lead member organization) organized events that brought over 150 ERA advocates to the General Assembly to advocate for the ERA, hear speeches, participate in a press conference, and lobby legislators to sign on as sponsors the bills. So far all Democratic members of the House and Senate are sponsors. The halls were filled with women wearing green and white and waving ERA YES rounds. Thirty-eight states are needed to ratify the ERA, and 37 have already done so. Let’s make North Carolina number 38!
One of the groups of women and allies at NCGA on 3/5/19, Photo Credit: Aylett Colston
Senator Floyd McKissick Jr. has been a strong and consistent ally in the fight for the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA). He has sponsored the Ratify ERA Bill in the Senate 4 times – 2015, 2017, 2019, and an extra one in 2018 after Illinois became the 37th state to ratify ERA on 5/30/18. He has never wavered in his support, which continues to this day. Senator McKissick even dressed in white with us. This is his speech at the ERA Bill Filing Day press conference on 3/5/19.
Senator McKissick at Podium, surrounded by lawmakers and activists. Photo Credit: Senator McKissick
Charlotte NOW president Melba Smith Evans spoke on need for Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) at at a Listening Session for Mecklenburg County representatives. The Mecklenburg County Delegation of state representatives and senators held a “Listening Session” at the South County Regional Library on Saturday March 9th from 9am to noon.
Charlotte NOW’s president Melba Evans with some of the lawmakers from Mecklenberg County. Photo Credit: Melba Evans